P-bass special

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chili, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Chili


    Mar 8, 2005
    hey all, i no this may sound like a dumb question, but i am deffinitly goin to for a fender active special with active electronics, but i relly dont no the right way to say its full name lol, if i were to walk into a shop how would i say it in the right way? coz i no if it looks like u dont no exactly what u want they will try to rip u off lol, it just has a really confusing name (for me) and someone sed i can get a bridge that will make a big differance for this bass, but i cant remember the name, can anyone help me out plz? i am on about the one in the £430 price range give or take, and then extra for the bridge when the time comes

  2. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    Are you talking about the Fender Deluxe P Bass Special?

  3. Chili


    Mar 8, 2005
    Thats the one!, but with active electronics on the end, but the special bit, is that actually part of the name for the bass or is it just a special deal or something?...agen i no a dumb question lol

    so if went into a shop to get one of these, i would call it a fender deluxe p-bass special with active electronics?

    i also heard these come with fender pickups and p-bass pickups, is this right, and does anyone remember telling me about the bridge a few weeks back?? coz i cant remember the name of the bridge
  4. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    part of name
  5. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    No, you will call it a:
    Fender P Bass Delux Special 4 String Bass (followed by your color of choice)
    Print This And Take To Store To Buy
    It comes with active electronics so you are good to go. That means since it is coming from Fender that it will have a nice easy access backplate where the battery for the actice electronics will be stored. Otherwise, if you bought a P bass with PASSIVE electronics, you would have to remove the strings and then remove the pickguard to get to where you would have to store the battery.
    So that is solved.

    Next is the pickup configuration thing and lingo:

    This bass will come with ALL Fender liscensed pickups (maybe another company which they use for all their active pickups???)... The configuration of these pickups are called a P/J Pickup configuration.
    The P is at the front where it looks like two pickups overlapping a bit and are mostly sided by side near the neck while the other one is a J pickup which looks like a straight line. That is the one in the back near the bridge...

    What is your question regarding the bridge of the bass? Maybe this can explain what you need:

    All Fender's stock bridges get the job done, but they aren't the best. Many people choose to replace the bridge as a mod.
    I have a Leo Quan Badass 2 Bridge. (if you have never modded a bass before then take to a repair guy because you will need to file the saddles for the strings to sit in properly) these are heavier and better constructed bridges which give more sustain and resonance when you play and you can really feel your bass thud. even acoustically without an amp. Other types are ummm...
    Gotoh (or do they just do tuners?) and stuff like that. I am clueless to what else is out there so i am not the pro for anything except the badass bridge
  6. Johnny Fila

    Johnny Fila Formerly "The Crusader"

    Nov 21, 2004
    Elmont, NY (near NYC)
    gotoh 201 or 206 bridge is a nice bolt in replacement and doesn't require a tech to install. same mass as the BAII, easy to use. Hipshot bridges are nice to, but require different drilling.
  7. tadawson


    Aug 24, 2005
    Lewisville, TX
    The Schaller 2000 is a direct drop on as well, and from what I have seen, dwarfs the quality of most of the others . . . .


    Bought mine from Allparts. Not terribly cheap, but worth it, at least to me . . .

    - Tim
  8. Chili


    Mar 8, 2005
    thx for ur help, i really apprisiate it, yeah the baddass2 is what i was on about, how much does one of these cost? coz i am liking ur discription of what it does, very nice the, u have put my thoughts at rest now for when i go to buy it, thx alot!
    oh but the link doesnt werk tho

    edit: so basicly u know if it has active electroncs if it has the backplate on the back? and passive pickups mean it wont have the backplate on the back? or am i goin off track? is the backplate just underneath the fret board? like right at the top of the body but right at the bottom of the fretboard kinda thing? or is that something else, and like most batteries will i have to change them every so often?
  9. bannedwit


    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I get a ton of my stuff on ebay.
    I got a brand new Leo Quan Bad Ass II bridge on there for like $70 i think. The problem is that there is no spot for the strings to sit in the saddles. When you buy the bridge you will need to file little spots for the strings to rest in. Best done by a pro guy, just pay him to do it for you if you dont want to mess it up. I did it myself and saved the cash though.

    Sorry about the link. Just go to the place you posted on musicians Freind and you can get what i was trying to post.

    Don't base the backplates mean active electronics thing because it isnt always true. Every bass is different. Some are passive but have a spot behind the knobs to install the passive electronics. Others have the same thing but for active electronics and a battery in there as well. Other basses have 2 separate spots, one for the battery and one for the electronics.

    Fenders are a pain because if i were to install active pickups on my p-bass then i would have to find a spot to put the battery BEHIND the pick guard. That means if my bass takes a dump on me, i would have to remove my strings and unscrew the pickguard to replace the battery.

    See why the spot on the back of the bass is a good place to put the battery for Fenders?
  10. tim99

    tim99 Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    From this website: "The Active P Bass Special has a modern “C” shape Jazz neck, an alder Precision bass body, one Jazz and one Precision pickup, plus active 3-band EQ – all U.S. electronic components. Add it all up and you've got a great-feeling bass with worlds of tonal possibilities."

    I recommend you stop saying "active electronics". It is more correct to say that the pickups are passive, and it has an active on-board preamp. Yes, you will have to change the battery. That bass has a neat plastic battery pocket on the back.

    If you search ebay for [active fender bass], you will see several. Some have a picture of the back of the bass where you can see what the battery location looks like. One right now, Item 7373754039. I think yours will look like that.

    You may be interested in this link:


    Oh. Just found this picture of the schaller bass bridge:

  11. N8116B


    Jan 14, 2008
    I just finished putting a Bad Ass II onto my MIM P-bass. Quit an improvement over the stock Fender part and of a much higher quality.

    I found a source, http://bestbassgear.com/badass-bridge.htm, where you can buy a slotted Bad Ass II. It cost s a few pennies more but if you bring it to a repair guy to put in the slots you are going to pay him. So I figured I would just order the one I wanted.

    Install was very easy as it was a direct replacement. I am a banjo player so installing a new bridge did not scare me but I had never done one on an electric bass before. It took me about 30 minutes of adjusting and readjusting but I finally got the saddles where I wanted them such that the intonation and harmonics were right. It was easier than a banjo.

    It looks great on the p-bass and is very solid, I had no neck adjustments to make at all, but I have heard a few people had to shim their neck.